Tess carries on a litigation practice that involves media and defamation, constitutional law, commercial litigation and administrative law. She also carries on a solicitor’s practice involving commercial transactions. Prior to commencing her articles with the firm, Tess clerked at the Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton.
Tess has experience defending media organizations of all sizes, ranging from small news outlets to major national broadcasters. She has also been involved in commercial litigation matters concerning large public companies.
Tess has appeared at all levels of Court in Alberta. At the Court of Appeal of Alberta, she has advocated for the right of the media to receive notice of applications to restrict publication and access, and to determine the meaning of publication as it relates to the internet.
In addition, Tess has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada twice, both respecting media law issues. In one instance, Tess was a member of RMRF’s team relating to an injunction brought against a major national broadcaster respecting articles posted to its website containing information subject to a publication ban. In another instance, Tess acted for the Canadian Media Lawyers Association (CMLA) in relation to the right of the public to access transcripts of Court of Appeal proceedings.
Tess teaches Communications Law at MacEwan University, and frequently presents to clients and the legal community on issues related to media law and privacy law.
Tess is also trained pilot and retains her private pilot’s license.
Awards & Achievements
•Merv Leitch QC Leadership Award
•Alumni & Friends of the Faculty of Law Scholarship
•Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Excellence in Law
•Canadian Owner’s & Pilots Association ab initio Scholarship
•First prize factum, Wilson Moot (University of Alberta Team)
•Board Member, Harbour4Life Youth Society
•Committee Member, Habitat for Humanity Legal Build
•Board Member, Northern Alberta Pioneers & Dependents Society
•Member, Women’s Legal Forum Committee - Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers’ Association
Hobbies & Interests
•Communications Law - Grant MacEwan University
Associations & Memberships
•Edmonton Bar Association
•Canadian Bar Association
•Canadian Media Lawyers Association (Ad Idem)
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